Tuesday, July 15, 2008

PROFESSIONAL

As a contract copywriter and editor, I focus on the job at hand. When you hire me to write or edit your copy, you can be confident not only in my abilities, but in the professional caliber of every interaction you will have with me. I understand the demands and importance of corporate communications, academic schedules, and personal priorities. Whether you have a site that requires content, a manual or brochure in need of line editing, or a full-length manuscript at any stage of production, I can help—and make you look good in the process.

PERSONABLE

Working with an independent copywriter and editor ought to be a pleasant experience. Please feel free to contact me at any time by e-mail (Karen.Carter7 AT gmail.com). I enjoy interacting with my clients and appreciate details regarding deadlines and demands that help me understand the scope and impact of the project at hand. My hours are flexible and my turn-around quick. I appreciate the opportunity to work with you, believe you will find working with me enjoyable, and hope you will think of me again when a new project requires editing.

PROFICIENT

I am familiar with various style manuals. Please feel free to let me know if your project requires my use of the:
  • AP Stylebook
  • APA Publication Manual
  • ASA Style Guide
  • ACS Style Guide
  • Chicago Manual of Style
  • MLA Style Manual
  • MHRA Style Guide

Please also feel free to provide your own organizational style guide for my reference.

For general editing, I refer to the following guides:

RÉSUMÉ

CONTRACT CLIENTS
Digital Folio, Inc., Denver CO
Pearl Street Publishing, Denver CO
Customer Solutions Group, LLC, Denver CO
Theratech Publishing, Niantic CT
Ingram Book Company, Nashville TN
FISI Madison Financial Corporation, Brentwood TN
Journal Communications, Brentwood TN

FULL-TIME EMPLOYERS
Ingram Book Company, Nashville TN
Industrial Risk Insurers, Hartford CT

FULL-LENGTH COPY-EDITED PROJECTS
Common Reading Programs: Going Beyond the Book, Jodi Levine Laufgraben (Monograph)
Sustaining and Improving Learning Communities, Jodi Levine Laufgraben and Nancy Shapiro (Reference)
Creating Learning Communities: A Practical Guide to Winning Support, Organizing for Change, and Implementing Programs, Jodi Levine and Nancy Shapiro (Reference)
Learning Communities: New Structures, New Partnerships for Learning, Jodi H. Levine, Editor (Monograph)
FastWeb’s College Gold, Mark Kantrowitz (Reference)
In the Year of the Ox, Hannah Amgott (Memoir)
Offerte: The Burnt Offerings, Jon Marie Broz (Poetry)
Enough, Eric Karl Anderson (Fiction, Experimental)
A Rare and Deadly Issue, Marlena Thompson (Fiction, Mystery)
Bewitching Golf, Ruth Newbury-Swash (Fiction, New Zealand)
God Almighty, Herman Royce (Fiction, Humor)
Invictus, Vyshali Manivannan (Science Fiction)
Manitoulin Memories, W.J. Reeves (Short Stories)
Banished to Brooklyn and Bada Bing in Brooklyn, W.J. Reeves (Fiction, Crime)
Sun Tzu: The Art of Making Money: Strategies for Getting Through a Tough Economy, Michael M. K. Cheung (Reference)

INTERNSHIPS
Patient Care Magazine
Syracuse Post-Standard

EDUCATION
Dual Bachelor’s Degrees:
Magazine Journalism and Fine Arts
Syracuse University

PUBLICATIONS
Novel One Sister’s Song published by Pearl Street Publishing
Profile of author Patry Francis published on Literary Mama
Essays “Getting the Word Out” and “Fact in Fiction” published in
From Hollywood Experts and Published Authors: Words of Wisdom for Starving Artists from Double-Dragon Press, Toronto
Article on library book clubs published in Buzz in the ’Burbs magazine, Denver
Personal Essay “A Book, A Dream….” Published on Pearl Street Publishing site
Book Reviews published on BlogCritics and Compulsive Reader
Poetry published in literary journals including Wazee: New Independent Writing
Article on Nashville business published in Advantage Magazine

COMMUNITY SERVICE
Secretary, Board of Directors, Community Resources, Inc.
Volunteer creative writing mentor, Community Resources, Inc.
Volunteer leader, Junior Great Books
Volunteer speaker in local schools

AWARDS and HONORS
Presenter at the 2012 Mixed Roots Film & Literary Festival at the Japanese American National Museum, Los Angeles.
Chosen from among 30+ Denver and Boulder writers to serve as a creative writing associate with the Rocky Mountain Women’s Institute. As an RMWI associate, I began writing a collection of short stories, presented before an “Image and Identity” class at CU-Denver on the creative process, and helped plan as well as participated in a dynamic associate showcase. I also voluntarily copy-edited a large number of placards and promotional materials for the event.
My first novel, One Sister’s Song has been recorded and added to the Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic national catalog of audio titles for students with reading disabilities.

REFERENCES

Past editing projects have included:
  • academic monographs;
  • books of non-fiction, fiction, and poetry;
  • website copy including articles and columns;
  • corporate projects such as in-house employee publications, marketing brochures and manuals; and
  • personal projects such as resumés.
A list of references is available upon request at Karen.Carter7 AT gmail.com.

Testimonials:

“Karen Carter edited all of my books/monographs before I submitted them to my publishers. She works magic!” —Jodi Levine Laufgraben, Associate Vice Provost and Director,
Periodic Program Review, Temple University


“During my application process for top part-time MBA programs in New York City, I composed countless admissions essays. For my most effective and compelling topics, I sought the professional expertise of Karen Carter Communications. Karen Carter’s insightful editing added layers to my work and brought out my inner voice. I found her technique to be crisp and thorough and would recommend her to my most respected colleagues.” —Anthony DeFeo, Assistant Vice President, Personal Banking, JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Graduate Student, Fordham University

“I want to pass along a personal note of thanks for your diligent and insightful notes on the College Gold manuscript. They helped make it a better book!” —Doug Hardy, General Manager/Editor, Monster Careers at Monster Worldwide

“Outstanding work.” “Fantastic job!” “Better than I expected.” “Great edits and [you] maintained my voice, thanks.” “Thanks again, great job!” “This is absolutely outstanding! You did a phenomenal job and I couldn’t be more happy with it.” —Feedback from Elance.com Clients

“You’ve been so helpful and I really appreciate the attention to detail you’ve given my manuscript. You’ve gone above and beyond and your willingness to answer follow-up questions is greatly appreciated.” —Author J.L. McCreedy

“Karen Carter is a true professional who provides impeccable service. From the first contact with her to the last, no detail is overlooked in ensuring the best possible result for her client. She is highly personable and approachable and all her suggestions are logical and well researched. She is a wonderful resource for any writer.” —Author Emanuelle Alexander